WMU Women Fall to Ball St. in Play4Kay Game
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Western Michigan women's basketball team saw its two-game winning streak snapped on Saturday afternoon to the hands of the Ball State Cardinals inside University Arena with a score of 81-71. Following the loss, the Broncos are now 14-11 overall, 7-6 in the Mid-American Conference and 8-3 at home.
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Three Broncos scored in double figures against the Cardinals including a team-high 25 points from junior forward Breanna Mobley. The Lansing, Mich. native was just two points shy of tying a career-high and has now scored in double figures 23 times this season, including eight 20+ point games. Junior teammate Deja Wimby added 16 points along with seven assists, five rebounds, and three steals while senior Najee Smith added 11 points.
Ball State started off hot, hitting their first 5-of-6 field goals to take an eight-point advantage into the first media timeout. Mobley led the Broncos in the first quarter with eight of their 13 points while also grabbing three rebounds.
The Broncos were able to cut the deficit to three, 22-19, with back-to-back three pointers from Smith and freshman Jordan Walker early in the second stanza, but the Cardinals used a 11-0 run of their own midway through the quarter to lead 42-28 at the break.
Wimby led the comeback for WMU in the third as the Broncos pulled within four off a 10-0 run. In the quarter, the guard had 11 points, three assists, three rebounds, two steals as the Broncos trailed by four with a quarter to play. Junior Meredith Miller continued her hot hand from behind the arc, hitting a three with a second remaining as the forward is now 45.8 percent from three-point land this season.
In the fourth, Ball State sealed the victory by outscoring Western Michigan 24-18 off 7-of-12 shooting and improved to 20-4 overall and 9-4 in league play. Moriah Monaco led all players with a game-high 28 points while two other players scored in double figures.
WMU shot just 35.3 percent from the floor including a quarter-low 25 percent in the first period. The Broncos were outrebounded on the afternoon, 46-34, and outscored in the paint, 32-24, but as a team forced 17 turnovers that led to 24 points. Western Michigan committed just 13 turnovers and dished out 17 assists on the day.
The Broncos have a break on Wednesday before beginning its final regular season stretch at Toledo on Saturday